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I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!

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I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!
Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)
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Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)

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A letter to send home to parents for children chosen to take part in Forest School. This letter is in WORD format to enable you to edit easily. The letter informs the parents that a series of Forest School sessions are planned to take place and explains using clear simple language, what Forest School is. This letter also contains a permission slip for parents to authorize their child to take part.
Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements
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Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

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Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more ‘personal’ report. Please leave a review and/or follow me!
All About Me.  Booklet to go home for parents.  EYFS
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All About Me. Booklet to go home for parents. EYFS

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A booklet to send home to your parents during the first week of school. This booklet will serve as a great transition between the home and school for the child as it will allow them to draw pictures and (with help from an adult) answer the questions about themselves such as what they can do and what they like to play with. This All About Me booklet serves September well as generally, EYFS classrooms focus on learning about ourselves and each other. This gives each child a great opportunity to stand up and present their completed booklet and talk about it (themselves)
Diary of a Wombat planning  for 2 weeks Year 1 (KS1)
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Diary of a Wombat planning for 2 weeks Year 1 (KS1)

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Here I have 2 week’s planning (8 lessons) on Wombats for Year 1 English. The planning is non-fiction and fiction literacy. This planning has learning objectives, success criteria detailed descriptions for teacher input and what should be expected of the children based on 3 differentiated outcomes (high, middle and low). The planning focuses on researching Wombats through various means, group work, use of ICT, Fact writing and the creation of fact files. Theres the opportunity to branch off researching further Australian animals or simply Australia in general. Week 2 (4 lessons) is a follow up to the the previous weeks plan. The planning focuses on diary writing and past tense verbs. Please follow me or email me for more information!
Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire
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Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire

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This lesson plan/ activity will guide you through having a fire with your children. It is intended for children aged 4-8 but can easily be extended for slightly elder children. The activity follows the Forest School approach to fire making and is an ideal means to introduce fire to children. the fire making is in a Kelly Kettle (Storm Kettle) and the plan guides you through the process of getting the children involved (gathering fuel) in order to boil water for their own hot chocolate! I have found this to be one of the most enjoyable sessions taught outdoors but I recommend it only be carried out when the practitioner has complete confidence in the behaviour of the chidlren. This suits nicely towards the end of a series of Forest School sessions and feeds beautifully into cooking on an open fire, which should follow the following week as a means of extending and imbedding the learning.
Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities
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Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

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6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children.
Intervention Planning for Early Years.  Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.
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Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.

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This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and annotate notes to support further development including the children’s next steps. These activities are designed for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
Small World.  Fairy World (EYFS&KS1) Outdoor Learning Forest School
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Small World. Fairy World (EYFS&KS1) Outdoor Learning Forest School

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A complete lesson plan for to develop creative story writing through small world play outside. This lesson plan will guide you to setting up your environment in a way that will inspire the children and develop their imagination. This lesson plan is for an approximate 2 hour session but has the possibility to be extended to a second session. Ideas for extension are included. This lesson plan fosters creativity, independence, confidence building and autonomy and is excellent for developing friendships and settling children in at the beginning of term. Fairy World is an exciting and magical lesson for all the children and adults and the introduction of the dragon at the end just makes everyone want more! Please leave a review and/or follow me for the chance to be the first to hear about more great resources!
Phonics homewoork oo sound worksheet
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Phonics homewoork oo sound worksheet

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A homework sheet for children to fill in the missing oo sound in words. a selection of oo as in book as well as oo as in moon have been included. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of CVC words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
EYFS : Continuous Provision Classroom Design with Intervention Pack FREE!
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EYFS : Continuous Provision Classroom Design with Intervention Pack FREE!

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Back to School! This resources tells you what you need for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on Continuous Provision, this resources will tell you what should be available for the children in areas such as the reading area, creative area, sensory area etc. Aimed especially to support NQTs and new to Reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed and setting -up. FREE: An on-entry assessment for numeracy FREE: An on-entry assessment for phonics FREE: An on-entry assessment for shape FREE: An ‘All About Me’ booklet for children to complete about themselves and their family. NOW INCLUDES THE INTERVENTION PACK FOR FREE!!! This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and annotate notes to support further development including the children’s next steps. These activities are designed for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
Diary of a Wombat Lesson Plan Year 1 English (week 2)
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Diary of a Wombat Lesson Plan Year 1 English (week 2)

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Here I have the 2nd week’s planning (4 lessons) on Wombats for Year 1 English. The planning is a follow up to the the previous weeks plan which was non-fiction work. This planning has learning objectives, success criteria detailed descriptions for teacher input and what should be expected of the children based on 3 differentiated outcomes (high, middle and low). The planning focuses on diary writing and past tense verbs. This plan can be purchased alone or together with week 1.
Early Years Classroom Design (Back to School Resources for EYFS Continuous Provision)
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Early Years Classroom Design (Back to School Resources for EYFS Continuous Provision)

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Back to School! This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision, this resources will tell you what should be available for the children in areas such as the reading area, creative area, sensory area etc. Aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where. FREE: An on-entry assessment for numeracy FREE: An ‘All About Me’ booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return. Back to School!
Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)
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Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)

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An observation sheet especially tailored to reading. With this sheet, you can observe the child during an adult led guided reading session or during independent child-led reading. The sheets contain an extensive range of prompts to guide the observer which makes observing quick and easy!
Bug Hotel.  Outdoor Learning Forest School Building a Home for Insects
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Bug Hotel. Outdoor Learning Forest School Building a Home for Insects

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Everything you need to create your own bug hotel! This lesson plan clearly presents how to easily build your own bug hotel while teaching children the importance of garden wildlife. The Bug Hotel lesson plan remains within the Forest School ethos and focuses on the social and emotional aspects of learning. The Bug Hotel lesson plan can be adapted to suit a Maths, Science or Forest School lesson. The Bug Hotel lesson plan is recommended for children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1.
Playdough Mats for Counting 1-5 (EYFS)
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Playdough Mats for Counting 1-5 (EYFS)

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5 simple playdough mats numbered 1-5. Designed for Nursery and Reception (EYFS). These mats are themes with apple trees and require the child to place X number of apples (playdough) on the tree. Each mat is designed to show the required number of apples in the pictorial form as well as displaying the numeral. Using these mats with playdough is an excellent method of teaching children about number and quantity through moving from concrete to visual and finally to numerical representation.
Cooking on an Open Fire
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Cooking on an Open Fire

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This lesson plan/ activity will guide you through cooking on an open fire with your children. It is intended for children aged 4-10 but can easily be extended for slightly elder children. The activity follows the Forest School approach to fire making. The plan guides you through the process of getting the children involved (gathering fuel) and having them prepare and cook the food (Camp Fire Pizza!). I recommend this session be carried out when the practitioner has complete confidence in the behaviour of the children. This suits nicely towards the end of a series of Forest School sessions.
Set of printable Ten-Frames and numerals to 10 including activities.  Maths Interventions (EYFS)
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Set of printable Ten-Frames and numerals to 10 including activities. Maths Interventions (EYFS)

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A set of Ten-Frames including numerals to 10 to use in maths interventions. Suggested activities are included to work with children in the Reception class (EYFS). These Ten-Frames and numerals should be printed and laminated and can be used with counters or playdough. Ten-Frames are a fantastic way for children to understad the concept of number and quantity using concrete objects linked with numerical representation.
Outdoor Writing Challenge: Sheet 3
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Outdoor Writing Challenge: Sheet 3

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A simple writing challenge for your Reception children. This independent activity challenges the child to first locate the items on the sheet, which they have great fun doing with their friends, and then write down their name. There is guidance for letter formation included. For best results, provide a clipboard with interesting fancy pens!
Outdoor Writing Challenge
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Outdoor Writing Challenge

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A simple writing challenge for your Reception children. This independent activity challenges the child to first locate the items on the sheet, which they have great fun doing with their friends, and then write down its name… For best results, provide a clipboard with interesting fancy pens!
Outdoor Writing Challenge: Sheet 2
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Outdoor Writing Challenge: Sheet 2

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A simple writing challenge for your Reception children. This independent activity challenges the child to first locate the items on the sheet, which they have great fun doing with their friends, and then write down their name. There is guidance for letter formation included. For best results, provide a clipboard with interesting fancy pens!